All of those cars are folks who came by to lend Mike and me a hand! You can see the moving truck tucked behind the bushes in our second driveway.
Thank goodness for Walfed (which is Walgreen’s version of Sudifed) – that at least kept me breathing through my nose most of the day yesterday.
After two last carloads from the rental to the new house, the rental was ready to be loaded onto the 17 foot truck that Mike rented.
Our band of merry men were a little delayed in arriving, so the first load was taken care of by our dads, my brother, Mike and our friend and former roommate Jim.
For the second truck load (plus an additional carload apparently) our forces almost doubled when our friends Steve, Mark and Szymanski showed up to pitch in. Another Steve showed up just in time for the last thing to be removed from the truck, but Mike kept him busy inside the house moving furniture as he decided where everything was going to go (Mike is a genius with furniture layout). All in all, the moving portion of Saturday was finished in less than 3 hours!
When it comes to actual moving days, I have a few skills myself: The first was utilized a couple years ago when my friends Richard and Nate had me watch the truck during their move. That might sound pointless, but the neighborhood that they were moving out of was a tad sketchy, and let me tell you I watched the hell out of that truck as everyone loaded it (haha). The second moving skill that I have was utilized yesterday as I perched by our back door and told people what rooms to put things in as they came off the truck. Mike later informed me that he’d already instructed people, so I was really just repeating himself.
The only real suspenseful moment (to my knowledge) was when the couch wouldn’t fit through the door. It probably didn’t help having me standing there going “oh darn, looks like we need to go buy a new couch!” Our couch is massive, old, and broken (there’s a piece of wood the size/thickness of a door under the cushions so you don’t totally sink down). Unfortunately (but I guess fortunately for our pocketbooks) the couch eventually made its way inside (now I just have to hope they remember how to get it out when the blessed day comes that we’re able to buy a new couch).
Once everything was inside, Mike’s mom took care of feeding everyone a hearty lunch of sloppy joes, potato salad (Mike’s favorite), chips and a ton of cookies.
Eventually all of the men made their way down to the finished basement to hang out while my mom and mother-in-law stuck around to help me get the beds made, unpack the rest of the dining room and do other such ladylike things.
By the end of the day, we only looked like partial horders – having four rooms virtually finished. I’ll post finished pictures all at once, but in the meantime, below are some shots of the house as it got filled:
The Living Room
The Study/Media Room. Mike made a game day decision to put our TV in here and use our actual living room as a formal living room (Yay, I was hoping we wouldn’t put the TV in the living room!)
The Master Bedroom (actually the we turned the real master bedroom into the stufy/media room). I learned from our last move and made sure to have the bed sheets washed and ready to be slept in right away!
The Basement – didn’t realize we had an organ til I started to pack up the basement in the old house!